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School board member charged with driving without a license, speeding

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Alamance-Burlington school board member Charles (“Chuck”) Douglas Marsh, 54, white, male, of 2509 Elon Ossippee Road, Elon, has been charged with driving without a license, driving left of center, and speeding (54 in a 35 mile-per-hour zone).

ABSS school board member Chuck Marsh

Alamance County court records show that a Graham police officer initially stopped Marsh for speeding – 19 miles per hour in excess of the posted 35-mile-an-hour speed limit – at 11:50 a.m. on April 11, according to documents that have been filed in Alamance County criminal district court.

The citation issued to Marsh, which is included in the court file, alleges that he was operating “a motor vehicle on a street or highway without being licensed as a driver”; and that he failed to keep his 2013 Chevrolet passenger vehicle within his lane of travel.  He was stopped near the intersection of N.C. Highway 87 with Poplar Street in Graham, according to the court file.

Marsh has a lengthy history of having a lead foot when behind the wheel.

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An earlier analysis of his court files by The Alamance News revealed that he had been pulled over at least 16 times between 2006 and 2018 and ticketed for violations ranging from driving with a revoked license to speeding.

Most recently, Marsh had been charged with driving with a revoked license four times in 2017 (in Alamance, Durham, Guilford, Halifax, and Northampton counties); in most cases, the charges were reduced and/or dismissed, according to North Carolina court files.  He was also charged three times that same year with speeding; several of those charges were in addition to driving with a revoked license.  Marsh was charged twice in Alamance County the following year for driving without a license; both of those charges were ultimately reduced or dismissed.

Marsh was elected to the school board in November 2022.  He owns two radio stations based in Alamance County: Maverick Radio, a country music station, and Hope Radio, a Christian music station, as well as several stations in Virginia. His wife, Rebecca Marsh, is principal at the ABSS virtual school on Apple Street in Burlington.

When Marsh originally ran for the nonpartisan school board, he was registered as a Republican.

However, both Marsh and Dan Ingle (a former Republican state representative and Alamance County commissioner), who was also elected to the school board in November 2022, announced that they were switching their voter registrations to unaffiliated.

Marsh and Ingle have since done so, according to the State Board of Elections.

Marsh is currently scheduled to appear in district court on May 24 for his latest charges of driving without a license, speeding, and driving left of center, according to his court file.

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